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Ministry & Mission at the Ascension
- Live-Streamed Services: To view our Sunday service, please go to the Parish website ascensionnl.ca and go to the Social Media tab. Once there, click on the Facebook tab (you do not have to have a Facebook account to view the service). You can also view the service live on the Parish YouTube channel. Go to YouTube and search on Parish of the Ascension NL to view the service live.
- Liturgical Books: We are now permitted to use all our books during our services (Common Praise, Hymnal, and BAS). The books are placed in the pews as before and are to stay there following the service. In accordance with Public Health, these books do not require cleaning as long as there is 24 hours between use. If anyone wishes to bring their own book(s) for the services it is fine to do so.
- Annual General Meeting: The AGM is postponed until further notice.
- Birthday/Anniversary Sundays: The worship for Family Service Sunday will include the celebration of birthdays and/or anniversaries for that given month. On Sunday, September 26, we will celebrate the birthdays/anniversaries that took place during June, July, August and September. Please send us a picture of you or the person celebrating by no later than Wednesday, September 22, if you would like it included in the service. Please send your photos to [email protected].
- Welcome Back Senior Choir: This Sunday we welcome back our Senior Choir who will lead us in our singing. We are so grateful to welcome them back to in-person worship!
- Vestry Members Needed: We are in need of new members for vestry. If you have been on vestry in the past please consider rejoining us, we would very much appreciate it. If vestry is new to you and you want to learn more about it please contact Rev. Lynn.
- Church Statements: Each year, we send parishioners interim statements at the end of September. These are not the yearly income tax receipts but rather statements of accounts. In an effort to reduce mailing costs, this year we have decided to issue only those statements that are requested. We will continue to issue official tax receipts in the New Year – you will not need to request the official tax receipts. If you are interested in receiving an interim receipt of your givings up to the end of September, please contact the church office.
- Rental Activities at the Church: We have had a number of rentals at the church in recent weeks that have helped increase our general revenue. These include:
- Federal Election Advanced Polling Station & Election Day
- A & L NL Production Company: With the approval of Vestry and the Diocese, a movie about female empowerment entitled Astrid and Lilly Save the World will be shot at this location. The company will be here 6 – 8 times until mid-December.
- Max Athletics After School Rental: Max has rented the Parish Hall Monday to Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m. If there is an event planned for the parish, we have an agreement in place that Max will occupy the Multipurpose room and/or the Godly Play room.
- Returning to In-Person Worship: Each week we have more people attending service for the first time in many months and we invite others to come back and join us. If you are not there yet that’s okay. Please know that we are always there for you and will worship with you as you tune into the live-streamed services. Although we encourage people to register, you do not have to. If you attend Sunday worship and have not registered, we will do our best to accommodate you. (Please note, only your name and phone number are necessary to register for any service at this time.)
- Mark your Calendars: on Sunday, September 26th at 6:30 PM we are hosting a shared ministry service with the Good Shepherd. Several months ago a group came together with members from both congregations trying to come up with ideas on how we can do ministry together, this group will be commissioned at this service and the offering for that evening will go to the school lunch program in Mount Pearl.
- Quilts and Flowers Festival at the Cathedral: Friday October 1st, 1-8 pm & Saturday October 2nd, 10-4 pm. Come and enjoy floral arrangements, quilts and music offerings. Children (to age 12) are invited to bring along a floral arrangement in a rubber boot or a teapot – delivered to the Cathedral between 6 and 8 pm on Thursday September 30th. If you have a quilt to display, please see the website to complete the registration form and a brief story about your quilt: quiltsandflowersfestival.com ADMISSION: $5 at the door, Families $20 max. (accompanied children under 12 free). PARKING: Around the Cathedral streets and in the parking lot (free) on Friday evening and Saturday.
- Alzheimer’s Society Support Programs: Alzheimer’s Society is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting people living with dementia, as well as their families/caregivers. They offer a large variety of support programs through their First Line Program including: Learning Series for People with Dementia, Families and Caregivers; Virtual Family Support Group; First Steps in Dementia Diagnosis; Learn to Live Well with Dementia. Please contact the Alzheimer Society at 576-0608 if you are interested in any of the above programs.
- Pre-Authorized Givings: If you would like to set up pre-authorized givings, please contact the church office at 368-5693 for direction. Thank you.
- Church Envelopes and Donations: Just a reminder to include your name, envelope number and amount of the giving on the envelope when you submit your donation. This will ensure you receive credit on your yearly tax receipts. Thank you.
- E-Transfer: What a great way to contribute to the parish for your weekly offering or special project! If you would like to use an alternate method of payment, please use the following email address: [email protected] and the password is church.
- COVID Teams: We are looking for new members to join our team at present we have five teams but not a full complement of people on each team. If this is something you feel called to do please contact Kim Pike [email protected] or the office.
- CLB Lunch Take-Out: Each week the CLB offers take out lunch specials on Friday. If you are interested in purchasing for your home or office group, please call 722-1737 to pre-order. Orders must be received by Thursday at 11 a.m. Free delivery for orders of five or more dinners.
- Services During the Week:
- September 26, 2021, Birthday/Anniversary, Pentecost XVIII: 11:00am - Family Service/WWB (ascensionnl.ca)
- September 26, 2021, Shared Ministry Service (Ascension & Church of the Good Shepherd): 6:30pm - Evening Service D/WWB
Prayers of the People
Trusting, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the goodness of our heavenly Father, let us pray in Jesus’ name for the Church, the world, and one another.
Conform your Church to your beloved Son, and not to the world. Make it model his love, forgiveness, and purity to those who scorn or have forgotten such things. Through its words and deeds, lead many to the foot of Jesus’ Cross, there to receive life and salvation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Help those of us who are comfortable in our Christianity to serve, defend, and provide for your persecuted and suffering Church. Let us never, by scandalous words or selfish deeds, cheapen or debase their faithful witness to their Savior – and ours We pray for the parishes of St. Augustine and for those worshipping in the church in the Province of Uganda Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We ask your blessing upon this congregation and all its ministries. Help us to take delight in glorifying your name through self-giving service to one another and to our communities. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Rulers and leaders, celebrities and authorities are used to lording over others. Give them a teachable spirit and humble heart. Make them eager to use their riches of intellect, authority, and station to serve the people entrusted to their care. Give each of us the grace, wisdom, and kindness to be true friends, neighbors, and servants to those around us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Raise up pastors and evangelists who boldly preach and tenderly care for people who are starving for your Word. Help us to encourage and provide for them. Bless seminaries as they teach them. Bless spiritual directors and mentors who shape them into your servant leaders. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Thank you for doctors, nurses, therapists, EMT’s, orderlies, and all whose service helps people in deep distress. Give them a double portion of your Spirit. Use their skills and our support and prayers to bring healing and comfort the abused, imprisoned, sick, wounded, lonely, confused, grieving, or dying. Especially we plead on behalf of those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father, we thank you for all your good and faithful servants, especially those whose deaths we mourn. Keep us steadfast in faith, firm in hope, constant in love, generous in service, and abundant in joy as we continue our earthly pilgrimage. Lead us in this life “with the Cross of Jesus going on before.” Bring us, through his good work, into the blessed Kingdom where we find our eternal life and joy in union with you and with all whom you have redeemed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Incline your ear to our prayers, dear Lord; and answer them according to your most gracious and holy will, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ascension Prayer Cycle: Aden, Amelia, Amy, Ann, Annie, Aubrey, Audrey, Barbara, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Brandon, Callum, Carl, Cathy, Christina, Cindy, Claire, Clarence, Connie, David, Debra, Delilah, Dennis, Derrick, Don, Donna, Doreen, Dot, Doug, Dulcie, Ed, Edie, Edgar, Elaine, Emily, Erin, Evelyn, Finnley, Frederick, Fred, Frank, Flo, Garrett, Gary, George, Gerald, Glenda, Gordon, Harry, Ike, Ina, Ingrid, Ira, Jack, Janet, Jason, Jennifer, Jenny, John, Josephine, Joan, Judy, Junior, Kent, Kevin, Kim, Laura, Leo, Leonie, Lindsay, Lori, Luke, Madeline, Marie, Marsha, Mark, Marion, Marylou, Maxine, Maxwell, Melvin, Michael, Michelle, Mike, Mona, Nancy, Pam, Rachel, Randell, Rochelle, Rodney, Roland, Ruby, Ruth, Rita, Sadie, Sean, Shirley, Stephen, Susan, Tina, Todd, Tom, Valerie.
(We are attempting to update our Prayer list. If you are aware of any names to be added or removed from this list, please contact the office.)
you have created the heavens and the earth,
and ourselves in your image.
Teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN
A Reading from the Book of Proverbs
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the city gates. PROVERBS 31:10-31
Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
REFRAIN Happy are they who trust in the Lord.
Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! R
Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and they meditate on his law day and night. R
They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper. R
It is not so with the wicked; they are like chaff which the wind blows away. R
Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgement comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. R
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed. R
Reader: The Lord be with you
People: And also with you
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
People: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again." But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?" But they
were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me." MARK 9:30-37
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
People: Praise you Lord Jesus Christ
Prayer over the Gifts
God of power,
the glory of your works fills us with wonder and awe.
Accept our offering this day,
and help us to live in peace and harmony
with all your creation,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
Prayer after Communion
Ruler of the universe,
all creation yearns for its fulfilment in your Son.
May we who have shared in holy things
grow into maturity in him.
This we ask in the name of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
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